Op­tional ex­haust not mu­sic to our ears

Motor (Australia) - - FAST BLAST -

AL­THOUGH KIA doesn’t plan to shove a V8 in the Stinger any­time soon, it’s at least made an ef­fort to in­ten­sify the V6’s growl. For $2600 you can now bolt an op­tional cat-back sys­tem, de­vel­oped right here in Aus­tralia, to the 3.3-litre en­gine. This might seem like the piece to com­plete the Stinger puz­zle since the stock set-up would sound a lit­tle breathless and thrashy if it wasn’t for some ar­ti­fi­cial noise com­ing through the speak­ers in the in­te­rior. Un­for­tu­nately, though, this ex­haust doesn’t de­liver the note the V6 Stinger de­serves, not to our ears any­way. There’s a fair bit of low-fre­quency waf­fle from the sys­tem at all times. The au­to­matic doesn’t help, ei­ther, in its de­ter­mi­na­tion to knock you out off man­ual mode con­stantly and keep the revs from reach­ing 4000-5000rpm, where it sounds a bit like a BMW N55. Even there its scream is muf­fled by a res­o­nance that sounds far from OEM; there’s never a crisp­ness to it. We didn’t ex­pect Kia to carve half a Lambo V12 from just a cat-back sys­tem, but based on our drive of the pro­to­type ver­sion months ago, and hear­ing videos of af­ter­mar­ket sys­tems, we did ex­pect bet­ter. Hope­fully Kia can im­prove the sec­ond time around on the ex­haust its de­vel­op­ing for its four-cylinder, ex­pected Q4. – Louis Cor­dony SPECS: 3.3TT V6; 272kW @ 6000rpm; 510Nm @ 1300rpm; RWD; 1780kg; $55,990

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